Mary Shelly's 'Frankenstein' Gets Contemporary Update at Sony
Countless versions of the iconic monster movie Frankenstein have hit the big screen from time to time, and while recent projects have looked at peculiar twists on the classic story, Sony is looking to simply update it. Deadline reports former studio co-president Matt Tolmach who left his post to become a producer has crafted a deal to acquire a pitch for a new take on Frankenstein. Only described as a contemporary version of Mary Shelly's novel, the idea comes from writer Craig Fernandez. While his work on films like Biker Boyz and From Prada to Nada don't inspire much hope, he also recently scripted the indie Everything Must Go starring Will Ferrell.
Though the writer seems to have a couple smudges on his resume, sometimes you have to swim in shit to get the gold (that's trademarked). Alex quite enjoyed Everything Must Go at the Toronto International Film Festival, and I'm personally excited to check it out whenever I can, so Fernandez must be doing something right now. In addition, he seems to be making a habit of updating classic stories since the writer is apparently on the verge of shopping around a script called The Courageous, a futuristic adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's Captain Courageous. I'm not sure why we need a Frankenstein adaptation every decade, but it just seems to be tradition. Depending on the talent that gets involved behind the cameras, this at least has some potential. Stay tuned.